Last Updated: 10th May, 2020
COVID-19: ESSENTIAL INFORMATION & PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES
The COVID-19 situation is evolving daily. At Asia School of Business (ASB), we have been closely monitoring this outbreak and have been taking various preventive measures to protect our internal and external communities in this pandemic. Our top priority of ASB is ensuring the safety, security and well-being of the community while also bearing in mind the need to sustainably deliver on our educational commitments.
The following are salient guidelines imposed by the authorities and ASB as an organization to safeguard our community during this time.
Conditional Movement Control Order In Malaysia (4th May – 9th June 2020)
On 23 April 2020, the Government of Malaysia announced the Movement Control Order (MCO) which is currently in effect from 18 March, 2020 till 3rd May, 2020, across the country. In conjunction with Labour Day, the Prime Minister of Malaysia announced that the current MCO will be slightly lightened to a Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) from Monday, 4th May 2020. This was later extended till 9th June with most business being allowed to operate.
The MCO and CMCO is made pursuant to the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 and the Police Act 1967.
The CMCO stipulates that:
- Areas that are still under the red zone categories will not be reopened.
- However, most economic sectors will be allowed to operate from May 4th onwards if SOPs are followed strictly.
- The list of industries that are allowed or prohibited is available on the National Security Council (MKN) website and is reviewed periodically.
- Dine-in options in restaurants are allowed starting May 4th, but with clear social distancing guidelines for premises.
- All educational institutions nationwide including kindergartens, government and private schools, skills training institutes, public and private higher education institutions (including ASB) are to remain closed.
- Mass movements and gatherings across the country including religious, group sports, recreational, social and cultural activities will continue to be prohibited.
- Activities such as jogging, cycling where social distancing can be maintained will be allowed.
- Interstate travel (unless with prior authorization from police), including to return to hometowns for Hari Raya Aidilfiti is still not allowed.
- Malaysian are not allowed to travel abroad; For those who have just returned from overseas, they are required to undergo a health check and a quarantine (or self- quarantine) for 14 days thereafter.
- Restrictions continues to be imposed on the entry of all tourists and foreign visitors into the country.
- Companies are advised to continue with work from home practices where possible and in the case that this is not, to stagger the working hours of employees coming in.
- The government continues to recommend for the public NOT to leave home unless necessary.
The regulations, directives and guidelines imposed by the Government are applicable to both Malaysian and non-Malaysian. A violation can lead to fines and imprisonment on the individual and organization.
As part of the CMCO, the ASB Community is asked to help by complying with the regulations, directives and guidelines imposed by the Malaysian government. A breach not only exposes the public and ASB Communities to health risks related to the COVID-19, but also legal repercussions towards student, staff and ASB as an organization.
As an active part of the effort, ASB staff and students are asked to actively observe the following:
All staff are still required to work from home until further communication. The ASB Campus (Sasana Kijang) and the Iclif Executive Education Center at Platinum Sentral will not be open to staff, public and visitors until further notice. For essential shared services teams, special approvals will be given to access the offices. Post MCO guidelines for ASB community can be found here.
- Effective 18 March, 2020 ASB has suspended all on-campus classes until further notice.
- All student club activities have been halted. Students are not allowed to have any club activities until further notice.
- Students who are staying at Residensi ASB are required to comply with all guidelines, directives set by ASB.
- Post MCO guidelines for ASB community can be found here.
- Residensi ASB will only be accessible to residents and staff who are servicing the building.
- Common facilities at Residensi ASB such as the gym, café, children’s playgound, multipurpose hall, are all closed until further notice.
- Students who are staying at Residensi ASB are required to comply with all guidelines and directives set by ASB.
- Students are advised to stay in their apartments as much as possible within Residensi ASB and to continue practicing social distancing even with each other.
- Communal and social activities amongst students (e.g.: lunches, dinners, sports activities, social visits) within Residensi ASB and in public areas are strictly not allowed.
- Students are able to order food via delivery services. However, they will need to be guided by the rules and regulations implemented by ASB and also CMCO guidelines regarding food delivery services to Residensi ASB.
- Students and their families who are boarding at Residensi ASB are all required to maintain good hygiene, cleanliness of Residensi ASB and their rooms and apartments at all times.
- Interstate travel is still not allowed (unless with prior authorization from the police).
- Malaysians are not allowed to travel abroad.
- Non-Malaysians who are currently in Malaysia are allowed to leave the country but will not be allowed to enter into the country.
- All foreign tourists and visitors are not allowed to enter into the country.
- Malaysians who are holding long term pass with a foreign country are allowed to leave the country on the condition that they will not be allowed to return to Malaysia.
- All pass holders such as temporary work visa, student visa, employment pass and long term social visit pass (MM2H) will not be allowed to enter Malaysia.
- Malaysians who are residing in Peninsular Malaysia will be allowed to board flights to Sabah and Sarawak and vice-versa from May 4th onwards, however the 14 day mandatory quarantine needs to be observed.
- Spouse and children of a Malaysian resident are allowed to enter Malaysia on condition that they have a long term social visit pass
- All Malaysians who have returned from abroad in the last 14 days are required to undergo a health check and a mandatory quarantine for a total of 14 days thereafter. Please inform your line managers and contact the nearest screening center as per listed under Health & Wellbeing.
- Staff and students are still urged to keep a log of activities, venue and people whom you have had close contact to help expedite contract tracing and flattening the curve should this be needed later. Close contact is defined as:
- working together in the same environment, or having been in a class together (>15 minutes)
- traveling in a vehicle together
- living in the same household together
- being exposed without PPE to a COVID-19 patient
International Travel Restrictions
As the spread of the coronavirus continues, counties across the globe are imposing travel restrictions. For an up-to-date and comprehensive list of travel bans across the world, please refer to The US Department of State website.
- For more information on how to utilize teleconferencing for remote work, kindly download our Zoom & Skype Business guides here.
- ASB students and staff may download Zoom backgrounds for use here.
- All ASB meetings will be held via digital platforms and remote collaboration tools until further notice.
Health and Wellbeing
- Those who are feeling unwell during self-isolation or who are concerned about potential exposure to COVID-19 positive individuals should find out if they are at risk via this self-assessment link from the Malaysian Ministry of Health (MOH) in partnership with Doctor on Call or via the MySejahtera App.
- Those who are at risk, kindly consult a MOH doctor by clicking the Ask Doctor button on the same site to clarify any health issues related to COVID-19 starting from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm for a second assessment.
- If both risk assessment results indicate high-risk, kindly contact Program Office or ASB HR immediately before heading straight to the closest screening hospitals in the Klang Valley:
- Hospital Sungai Buloh * – 03 6145 4333
- Hospital Kuala Lumpur * – 03 26156391
- Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah, Klang – 03 3375 7000
- Hospital Selayang, Batu Caves – 03 6126 3333
- Hospital Serdang, Kajang – 03 8947 5555
- Hospital Shah Alam – 03 5526 3000
- Hospital Kajang – 03 8913 3333
- Hospital Banting – 03 3187 1333
- Hospital Putrajaya – 03 8312 4200
- The following private hospitals, laboratories and e-medicine platforms also offer screening services at a cost:
- Sunway Medical Centre – 03-9772 9111
- Qualitas Medical Group – 03-7964 6363
- Pantai Premier Pathology – 03-4280 9115
- BookDoc – 1300-88-2362
- Lablink (M) Sdn. Bhd. – 03-4023 4588
- Thomson Hospital – 03-6287 1365
- BP Clinical Lab Sdn Bhd (Glenmarie branch)
- Gribbles Pathology (M) Sdn Bhd.
- For those who are not at risk, kindly contact your nearest AIA Panel Clinic for assistance.
- Practice and promote good, basic hygiene. Non-touch standing hand sanitizers have been made available in all public areas on campus and at Residensi ASB to facilitate this.
- ASB counselors are also available to speak to those who are in need.
- The FIDE and MAP programs are currently running virtually.
- All face-to-face Executive Education programs are deferred until further notice.
- On-going arrangements are being made to conduct all other Executive Education programs virtually.
MBA & MBA-Working Professionals Admissions
- ASB will be conducting all of its admissions activities digitally through the end of April. We will further. leverage technology to innovate how we engage with the market, so that we can give prospects a high-touch digitally-oriented view into the transformational nature of our education experience.
- As a school, we are still moving forward with plans for the Fall 2020 semester. As such, we are still accepting applications for the current application cycle. Upcoming application submission datelines for the Full-Time MBA and the MBA for Working Professionals programs are 2 April, 2020 and 7 April, 2020 respectively.
- Be it test centers being closed globally, or a letter of referral being delayed, we know the application process does not solely rely on you. As such, we are adding a Round 4 application deadline of 20 April 2020 for those who cannot meet the Round 3 deadline.
- Over the next several weeks, we have a series of online master classes with our amazing faculty, webinars related to the admission process and career outcomes, and open forum online chats. We encourage you to sign-up for these sessions here.
- Additionally, if you would like to talk to someone about your individual concerns, please feel free to schedule a call with someone from our admissions team here.
- If you have any additional questions related to admissions matters, do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated resources, information and data about COVID-19 are also available here:
- Malaysian Ministry of Health
- World Health Organization
- CDC Travel Advisory
- US Department of State
- Global Corona Virus Dashboard
Please check the above links and this website frequently, as additional information will continue to be posted as it becomes available. We will continue to update the community regularly to keep you informed of additional measures.
Disclaimer: *All information and terms above are subject to change under the evolving circumstances with notification. Readers are advised to check with the relevant authorities’ websites for updated information on the Movement Control Order. For matters relating to ASB, kindly contact ASB Management for any further updates/details. ASB will not be held responsible for any reliance and decision making based on the information provided herein.